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October 27, 1906

NATIONAL SUPERVISION AND STANDARDIZATION OF FOOD.

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WASHINGTON, D. C.

JAMA. 1906;XLVII(17):1371-1372. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.25210170035002j
Abstract

The relation of pure food to the health of a nation is equally important with good government of a nation. Each year shows not only an increase in the efforts of hygienists and governments to protect the individual in the matter of his food, but also the slow but steady progress of food-producing and controlling corporations in their adulterating, embalming, misbranding and counterfeiting processes, culminating in the disgusting and nauseating revelations of the past few months, which have shaken faith throughout the civilized world in the purity of almost every article of food and drink.

Proprietary drug compounds are, in many instances, either inert, wholly false in their claimed composition, dangerous to health or habit producing. Under various names they are hawked about, through a variety of methods, leaving in their wake disappointment, poverty, complicated illnesses, habitués and mental wrecks.

Wealth, greed of the tariff-protected corporations and their almost unlimited

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